Mani Ratnam shot this movie both in Tamil and Hindi and both versions fared very well in the box-office. Atleast the Hindi re-launched the career of Abhishek Bachchan. The editing and the screenplay were somewhat similar to Teen Deewarein, but Yuva was technically more sound and far better presented. Mani did not leave any stones unturned in terms of extracting the best performances from all his leads. The movie will always be remembered for its rawness, magic of the city Kolkata, natural performances (apart from Mr. Oberoi) and some breathtaking sequences.
Delayed by some infinite light years, Anuraag Kashyap’s Black Friday finally saw the daylight in 2005. But by now neither the director, producers nor any actor in it were expecting it to be a hit in the cinemas across. They wanted the world to see it thorough any medium. When I saw it, I realized for how many years some great actors efforts were lying in the dust thanks to our great censor board. There were atleast 10/12 actors who today are still trying to make a mark for them due to the delay of this movie. Kay Kay Menon, Pawan Malhotra to name just a few. It’s the first docu-film which I really loved due to the amount of in-depth analysis gone into the making of it and great acting. It was a great depiction of the Mumbai blasts without any commercial value added to it.
Nagesh Kukunoor finally thought of going commercial and he made Iqbal with Mukta Arts (Subash Ghai). A simple story of a guy who can neither speak nor listen and his wish to play Cricket for the National Team. Shreyas Talpade did a great job ably supported by Mr. Nasseruddin Shah. It is one of those kind of cinemas where you know what’s going to happen but still love to watch every moment of it. The director is the clear winner here. (Incidentally, this was Nagesh’s last success venture in commercial cinema; he is still struggling to make a good movie since)
(2006 - 2011 to follow in Part - II)